MERL Consultant – Rwenzori Region Job at International Justice Mission – Career Opportunity in Uganda

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Job Category: Consultant/ Contractual
Job Type: Full-Time
Deadline of this Job:  07 June 2021
Duty Station:  Uganda
Posted: 28-05-2021
Job Description

Vacancy title:
MERL Consultant – Rwenzori Region

[ Type: FULL TIME , Industry: Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security , Category: Management ]

Jobs at:

International Justice Mission

Deadline of this Job:
07 June 2021  

Duty Station:
Within Uganda , Rwenzori , East Africa

Date Posted: Friday, May 28, 2021 , Base Salary: Not Disclosed

1.0 Background
International Justice Mission (IJM) is an international human rights organization that works to ensure that all, especially the most vulnerable, have proper and appropriate access to justice. IJM has been delivering ground-breaking partnerships with justice sector actors and governments globally for over 20 years, offering collaborative casework, mentoring and system reform to ensure that justice systems work for all, especially the vulnerable and marginalized.

IJM has been operating in Uganda for over 15 years and brings a deep understanding of access to justice in Uganda. Through its programming across Uganda, IJM has worked closely with survivors of intimate partner violence (IPV), sexual violence against children (SVAC), and land theft (LRV) to offer psycho-social, economic, educational, and healthcare support and assist them in securing access to justice. IJM also partners with JLOS, local government, cultural and religious leaders and communities partnering with Uganda Police on investigations and arrests, with Office of the Directorate of Public Prosecutions on sanctioning and prosecutions and working sustainably to build the capacity of justice service provision.
IJM is regulated by the NGO Board. It operates in partnership with JLOS under a Memorandum of
Understanding signed by the Chief Justice of Uganda in 2017 with a specific focus on tackling
Violence Against Women and Violence Against Children across Uganda.

2.0 Oak Foundation – IJM PROJECT
IJM has received funding from Oak Foundation for project to be implemented in 10 districts in Uganda. It is a 3-year project focused on prevention and responding to cases of Violence Against Children (VAC). IJM’s VAC initiatives include a broad range of activities for both victims and justice service providers and support the criminal justice process from investigation, victim support, to adjudication. The project will be piloted in three Districts and replicated to seven additional Districts in year two and three.

The overall goal of the project is to increase safety for children at the local level through increased accountability for offenders through a functioning justice service response mechanism and ‘zero tolerance’ throughout the community. IJM will work with coordinated community response involving police, prosecutorial, judicial, and legal services, shelters and protection services, and other relevant stakeholders, which ensures children survivors of sexual violence receive the comprehensive support they need in a timely and sensitive manner. IJM will partner with the MGLSD and other relevant stakeholders to identify a CCR mechanism through which effective coordination and management of VAC cases can be best realized.

The specific objectives of the project are:
1. To design a model coordinated community response (CCR) mechanism, developing its framework, tools, protocols, and best practices to promote its use throughout Uganda, in the form of District Action Centers (DACs) and its replication in Guatemala.
2. To enhance the capacity and coordination of justice service providers to respond to reports of SVAC with a victim-centered approach; and
3. To increase community confidence in and engagement with the justice system.

3.0 Purpose
Through the Oak project, IJM will work with different Stakeholders that include JLOS institutions, Civil Society Organisations, Health Service providers, Community leaders and Survivors to provide a coordinated response to violence against Children (VAC) in the project districts.
A consultant is required to coordinate the project activities of IJM on the ground in the Districts of Kamwenge, Kasese and Kabarole with the different Stakeholders, ensuring representation and advocacy for IJM in the delivery of the Oak project. The MERL Consultant will ensure that the project activities in the selected districts are well-organized, run smoothly and remain on track to meet the set Goals and Objectives of the project. This will include meeting and communicating with stakeholders on the ground in the project districts, organizing for activity implementation, participating in activity implementation, reporting on activities to various departments at IJM, making sure the relevant teams at IJM are kept updated on the activities in the field, and representing IJM at different forums in the relevant districts for successful implementation of the project.

3.1 Scope of Work
As part of this assignment, IJM envisions that the MERL Consultant will perform different roles on behalf of IJM in the project districts. These include but are not limited to: –

3.1.1 Overview of Role
• Assemble and disseminate relevant monitoring and evaluation resource materials, templates, and provide guidance on documentation to project staff.
• Support the project team in development of learning, evaluation and research tools and methodology for the project.
• Participate in data collection against Mandatory project indicators.
• Implement regular data quality audits and work with the National coordinator MERL to correct data errors and causes.
• Contribute to documenting progress of all the project implementation plans.
• Provide support to the senior manager in facilitating quarterly project reviews.
• Engage in monitoring progress against KPIs and other indicators to recommend relevant adjustments.

4.0 Competencies
The consultant will have the following competencies.
• Knowledge of statistics and of common qualitative and quantitative methodologies preferred.
• Experience with statistical software and project management information systems preferred.
• Exceptional ability in written and oral communications and presentation skills.
• High level of proficiency with Microsoft Office applications.
• Proficiency in spoken and written English and Luganda.
• Experience working cross-culturally.
• Experience of working with similar communities on VAC, added advantage.
• Effective communicator and networker
• Understands the relevant VAC stakeholders, added advantage.
• Sympathy with IJM mission and values
• Attention to detail, ability to deliver tasks on time with limited supervision.
• Ability to work independently.

5.0 Education
• Bachelor’s degree in social sciences, international development, evaluation, research, program management or another related field.
• Other Bachelor’s degree and relevant experience will be considered.
• Minimum of two years of successful experience in program monitoring, data management and/or evaluation – including any of:
· Designing, managing, or monitoring a complex program.
· Conducting data quality audits or quality assurance assessments.
· Capturing, synthesizing, and analyzing qualitative and quantitative data.
· Presenting program monitoring or quality assurance results effectively to stakeholders.
· Training program staff on data management or monitoring issues.
· Establishing an evaluation design.
· 6.0 Location
• To be based in FortPortal with frequent travel outside the District including to IJM offices

7.0 Deliverables
• Development of appropriate data collection, analysis, evaluation, Knowledge and learning tools to enable accurate tracking of project implementation with the view of scaling up.
• Supporting and empowering the project implementation team to collect and document appropriate data against comprehensive activity reports
• Collection and documentation of project data.
• Other duties, as assigned.

8.0 Type of Supervision provided
The consultant will work under supervision of the Senior Manager from the respective district. The supervisor will have frequent interactions with the consultant at various stages to brief the consultant on the situation/assignment; agree on the process and clarify the deliverables; provide feedback and comments on intermediary products; and track the progress made by the consultant. The supervisor will evaluate the consultant’s work and certify delivery of work.

Work Hours: 8

Experience in Months: 24

Level of Education:
Bachelor Degree


Job application procedure
Interested candidates should email their Application, CV and statement of faith to [email protected] . Applications should reach us not later than 5:00pm on 7th June 2021 .
Only shortlisted Individuals shall be contacted.

**What is a statement of faith? A statement of faith should describe your Christian faith and how you see it as relevant to your involvement with IJM. The statement can either be incorporated into the cover letter or submitted as a separate document and should include, at a minimum, a description of your spiritual disciplines (prayer, study, etc.) and your current fellowship or place of worship

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